Djokovic Shrugs Off Slow Start To Speed Into Third Round

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Reuters
Top-seeded Novak Djokovic saved two set points in the opening set but lost just four games the rest of the way in beating Germany's Benjamin Becker 7-6 (2) 6-2 6-2 on Friday to reach the third round of the U.S. Open.

Djokovic Shrugs Off Slow Start To Speed Into Third Round

Top-seeded Novak Djokovic saved two set points in the opening set but lost just four games the rest of the way in beating Germany's Benjamin Becker 7-6 (2) 6-2 6-2 on Friday to reach the third round of the U.S. Open.

Djokovic was broken in the ninth game of the first set to fall behind 4-5, but broke right back and forced a tiebreaker, which he won 7-2 before cruising the rest of the way.

After the 52-minute first-set struggle on a windy Arthur Ashe Stadium court, the Serb won the next two sets in a total of 59 minutes to seal his victory.

Australia Open champion Djokovic, the 2011 U.S. Open winner, will next face either Finland's Jarkko Nieminen or Portugal's Joao Sousa.